Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Gastroenterolo-what?!

Ok, so I know my latin as well as the next person, but I never thought I would have any need to visit a gastroenterologist, let alone have to take one of my kids. Gastroenterologists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive system, such as hepatitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and colon or rectal cancer. They also deal with diagnosing intestinal issues such as Hirschsprungs and Celiac Diseases. Tomorrow we will be having our first, and hopefully last, visit with the friendly gastroenterologist for Peanut. Since she began eating solids she has had constipation and related issues on again off again. This past weekend it reached a whole new level, resulting now with our pending visit. I am hoping that I am right in my motherly instincts thinking that she is just not getting enough fluids. Since she is breastfed, she really has no desire to take liquids (even my pumped milk) from a bottle, sippy, straw, or nosy cup. We have tried everything from thinckened liquids to jello, nothing seems to piq her interest enough to want to drink it. Therefore, I beleive that she is not getting enough fluids, so while she is not dehydrated, she may not be fully hydrated. I am also praying that the doctors are incorrect in their feeling that she may have Hirschprungs Disease. It is a disorder in which the cells inside the lower intestine that help move food along are either dead or nonexistant. Apparently this is more common in kids with DS, and must be dealt with surgically from what I understand. Chalk another one up for Peanut and her Mommy. I am starting to wonder if I should go back to school...after all I am developing a wide repitiour of all the different specialties (hoping I won't be learning about any others!). The things we learn about.....here's hoping for the best.....and praying for a less stressful week next week, as I am having a hard time this week. The appointment is tomorrow afternoon...YIKES!

4 comments:

Naomi said...

Here's hoping that it's just lack of fluids. Let us know how it all goes.

We have to take Callum to get his blood test screening for Celiac disease in the next week or so. No symptoms, so I'm hoping it's just another possible medical condition to cross off.

Tara Marie said...

I nursed Emma Sage till she was almost four and when she was about peanuts age, she too did not have BMs often [like every two to three days].

I am hoping that all is well with your sweet peanut.

Julana said...

I nursed our son until he was two. He seemed constipated, but it was because he just wasn't eating enough, I think.
We used the Tupperware sippy cup first. I thought the small, flat spout worked better than some of the others.

Pete said...

I found your blog by searching for "hirschprungs" on blogger.com.

I see that your page is somewhat old, but have my best wishes with Peanut & HD.

My youngest has total colonic hirschprungs disorder, and life with the disease has been hard, but by no means limits her having fun as a regular little kid.

Again, my best,
Pete.